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Welcome to The Canadian Atlas Online (CAOL) Learning Centre. With the terrific learning resources available here, you can make geography and history come alive in your classroom like never before! Our lesson plans and classroom activities are available to download in several formats to help both teachers and students engage more fully with this site’s content. Teacher-members of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education have prepared these free resources that meet curriculum learning objectives based on the topics featured throughout the CAOL.

You may select the resources by province, grade level, and topic. Alternatively, you can simply view all available lesson plans.

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Connecting Canada: Transportation and Communication in Canada – An Overview

Students will see that technological developments have made Canada smaller in the sense that one can travel or communicate across it in much less time now than at its beginning. As well, they will look at the forms of transportation and communication available in Canada today.

What is the best way to connect Canada?

Students will begin by predicting which is the best way to connect Canada - by road, rail, waterway, air, or telecommunications and justifying their choice. There is no best way of course. It depends on the destination, mass, value and time sensitive nature of the items or information being moved from one place to another. They will discover this as they use pages 36 and 37 of The Canadian Atlas. They will also compare the mass of materials being moved by the different modes and learn how technology has reduced the time needed to move a letter across the country. Students will recommend which modes should be developed further in light of environmental and economic concerns.

We are Canadian, eh!

This lesson asks students to explore the various themes of the Canadian Atlas Online website in order to either support or refute the stereotypes of being Canadian.